Park triumphs on homes for locals stance

A planning inspector has backed a national park's plan to restrict occupancy of new homes to local people.

In his report on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's draft local plan, inspector William Carlow endorses a policy that prevents new housing from being bought as second homes and holiday lets. Any houses built in the park in future should be subject to occupancy restrictions, he says.

Peter Watson, head of planning at the authority, said: "The main thrust of the inspector's report is that he supports the authority's idea of limiting new housing development to that needed by local people.

"There is no logic in meeting open-market demand in the national park because we can't build enough houses to bring prices down to levels affordable for local people without destroying the landscape. So the obvious approach is to build homes only for people who work here."

The report will be considered by the authority in January.

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